Promoting Health in Prison

Promoting Health in Prison
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Overview

Prisoners have higher reported levels of risky behaviours and poorer health. Whilst holding a Mens’ Health Day is not a new concept in the community, in a prison it was, so there were many unique challenges to overcome.

Internal and external partnerships were formed to provide health information, health screening and healthy choices on the day.

Providing general information to larger groups has meant we have been able to identify health issues with some prisoners who would not normally access the health service on a regular basis.

Positive feedback from prisoners, Corrections Victoria and community agencies has encouraged the health team at Dhurringile to continue to run this activity annually.

Other facilities are looking at developing similar activities as part of Correct Care Australasia’s commitment to prisoner health promotion and disease prevention.

Presented by Dianne Orr

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